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Jul. 11th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Heh. I don't use the apostrophes unless I have a reason to. Such as one character, Han'ya, whose name is Japanese, and the apostrophe is used to distinguish two phonemes that are Romanized otherwise identically: Ha + N + Ya vs. Ha + Nya (= Ni + ya).

(That is: はんや vs. はにゃ). The overuse of apostrophes can be annoying, but some of us actually have a purpose! :)

Jul. 11th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
True enough - I've seen people use / or - to handle the same problem, or even just a space. All in the service of pronounceability.

What's being lampooned by issendai's post, of course, is the addition of excess apostrophes or other weirdness that winds up making words unnecessarily hard to pronounce. The same sort of thing that had David Gerrold, MC of many a convention masquerade referring to entries with illegible titles as "Fred. From the planet Fred." :)
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